Do you hear that sound?

It’s the sound of freedom and it’s mine. All mine!

Today is my first official day of unemployment. Well, as unemployed as I ever get, which means three regular freelance jobs, but no 9-5.

Technically I was supposed to get the ole heave-ho today, but they let me go a day early and I was more than happy to oblige.

Here’s the image I had in my head:

Leisurely wake up around 3pm, do a little writing which would flow naturally and my editor wouldn’t at all mind that it was hours late for publication; suddenly it would be 72 degrees and I’d take a jog around Prospect Park, then come home and watch some sort of enlightening documentary that would inspire me to save the world, then go out for drinks with friends.

It didn’t really look like that. It was still pretty awesome though.

I still woke up before the sunrise. Old habits are hard to break, but honestly I kind of like having all of my work done before 9am, it means I have the rest of the day to myself.

Shortly before I was handed my pink slip yesterday I got a call from a director that I had auditioned for last week asking me if I’d be interested in the show.

Normally I would have to say no, because it rehearses during the day, but for the first time in a long while I could accept without worrying about my vacation day balance. Today was my first rehearsal.

It’s all in the timing.

The rest of the day was spent cleaning up the administrative elements of my life: working on a budget, scheduling an appointment to have my taxes done, researching IRA and retirement funding options, opening secondary savings/checking accounts to help me manage my severance funds in my new and pretty strict budget, and looking into independent healthcare options. It looks pretty intimidating all written out like that, but to be honest I love this sort of stuff. I thrive on organization. I’m not quite ready to tackle my retirement accounts today, but that’ll be a fun project for next week.

I rewarded myself for all this hard non-work work by spending about an hour sliding around my apartment like Michael Jackson. Have I mentioned my meager addiction to Michael Jackson the Experience for Wii? It’s so much fun, and really good cardio. I’m talking sweat dripping, heart thumping cardio!

Then I de-sweated myself and met up with my friend Sarah for celebratory mani-pedis.

I’m totally digging this layoff thing!

Breakfast


Egg white omelet with broccoli and lite Swiss cheese
Orange

Lunch


I tried to recreate my favorite ‘street meat’ style lunch. I created a dry rub for some skinless chicken thighs. The rub consisted for cumin, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt. I seared each side of the chicken in a cast iron skillet, then baked the chicken for about 20 minutes on 400. I coupled it with some brown rice and curried cauliflower.

Dinner

It’s one of those rare nights when I have no real appetite for dinner. I did have a pretty big lunch, that could be the cuprit.